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HD4870 Sizzling...

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Renamed&Closed51, May 19, 2009.

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    Renamed&Closed51 Account Closed Thread Starter

    Aug 14, 2007
    So I like to push my hardware, and to do so I get some stable benchmarks. My Gigabyte Radeon 4870 (512mb Gddr5) has seen me through from my last Core 2 Duo system and into my current Phenom II system, and it has given me no problems until now. I benchmarked the card in the old core2 system with no problems that I recalled.

    I do it in the Phenom II (Windows 7 RC1 64) system and as soon as the temps on the card hit 72-74 degC I hear a sizzling sound that sounds sort of like bacon... Of course I quit the benchmark (with beating heart) and the sound stops, presumably as the 4870 declocks itself for normal Windows use. No doubt at all that this is heat related, but graphics cards are built to withstand ridiculous heat, in fact the Catalyst Control Centre's temp gauge pegs 70C in the 'yellow' area and the danger area is above 100C.

    I can play World of Warcraft or Half Life 2 (ep2) on full settings @ 1680x1050 without problems, however I they are not too intensive, and I have no better games down in my campus residence - but I can see Cysis racking up that temp and the bacon sound scares me!

    What shall I do? I really would like to overclock the GPU...
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